Saudi ports volumes face soft slip in November

Saudi ports volumes face soft slip in November

Monthly containerised cargo across the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) fell for November, with 631,165 TEU moved.

The figure accounts for a year-on-year growth of 8.3 per cent compared to 582,783 TEU handled in November 2021.

Saudi ports neared the 700,000 TEU mark in October.

Record growth was also registered during Q3 of this year, as MAWANI handled 1.98 million TEU compared to 1.79 TEU during the same period in 2021.

The detailed breakdown from Saudi ports of container data reveals a 10.57 per cent jump in exported boxes at 183,023 TEU, compared to 165,520 TEU in 2021.

Similarly, imported containers for last month stood at 189,029 TEU, a 12.66 per cent surge over last year’s 167,786 TEU.

Transshipments climbed 3.86 per cent to 259,108 TEU against the previous year’s total of 249,477 TEU.

Non-containerised cargo saw a 5.32 per cent drop to 25,629,112 tons this year from 27,070,024 tons in November 2021.

General cargo throughput witnessed a 97.06 per cent jump from 513,959 tons during the preceding period to 1,012,830 tons in the current year.

Passenger traffic rose 24.35 per cent year-on-year to 73,627 passengers.


The results come as the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) recently implemented several initiatives to boost the national maritime sector – including the addition of the Far East to Middle East (FAM) shipping service to King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam.

King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam set a new container throughput record in August 2022.

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